GRAEME MURTY was delighted with the standard of the goals his side scored as they recovered from an early setback to hit Ayr United for six and progress to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.
Sunday’s game at Somerset Park was played in tough conditions but that’s didn’t stop the Light Blues turning on the style with an excellent display of finishing, particularly in the second half when they found the net five times.
Murty enjoyed each goal but admits he was impressed with the way Jason Cummings flicked Sean Goss’ cross beyond Ayr goalkeeper Jack Ruddy to put Rangers 2-1 up in the 66th minute.
Speaking to RangersTV this morning, the manager said: “I liked Alfredo’s second because of the movement and the quality of Jamie Murphy’s turn.
“I liked Jamie’s goal as well because he needs to show a bit of belief in his finishing and actually take the shot on more. I was really pleased with that.
“Josh is becoming a threat and he loves scoring goals, but Jason’s goal for me – as someone who I think scored 10 goals full stop in my entire career – I would never have even contemplated trying that, would never even see that as a possibility.
That’s the nature of a goalscorer – ‘I’m in an area, how can I finish?’ Not, is the ball going to come in? It is, how can I score from this particular point?
“It’s the only way it would have gone in and to see someone who has the confidence and the belief and the quality to go and execute that I thought was really pleasing and that obviously gave us the springboard to go on and really open the game up.
“I thought when we did that we showed a ruthless nature and a cutting edge that I think, hopefully, can stand us in good stead.”
Jamie Murphy completed the scoring with his first goal for Rangers and it was a moment to savour for the lifelong Bluenose.
Murty added: “He’s a Rangers fan and he’s been talking about it. Greg Docherty is a Rangers fan, so we have people in here who know what it means to play for Rangers and who have been supporting the club for their entire life.
“That’s not enough by the way. Just supporting us isn’t enough, having quality as well has to be the key part of it.
“But I was delighted with the way Jamie took his run on, took the defender on one v one, showed good confidence, good pace and power as well, and the finish was excellent.
“So hopefully that can give him a bit more confidence, a little bit more belief in his own finishing and it will get him to do that more often, because if he can then he becomes a multi-level threat.
“He creates goals, he assists, he takes the ball in really well, he looks really comfortable in possession, but adding goals to his game is something we will challenge him to do and that was really pleasing for us.”